Anti-satellite test not directed at any country, says China’s Foreign Minister

Anti-satellite test not directed at any country, says China’s Foreign Minister

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New Delhi, India, 15 February 2007 – Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 14 that Beijing’s January 11 anti-satellite test (ASAT) was not directed against any country.

India’s Ambassador to China Nirupama Rao told presspersons that in a “suo motu briefing” Mr. Li informed Mr. Mukherjee at Hyderabad House here that ASAT was a technological and scientific endeavour. Ms. Rao quoted the Chinese Minister as saying that Beijing remained opposed to militarisation of outer space. Mr. Mukherjee, too, reiterated India’s opposition to it.